Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Variant of woolly.

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  • adj. Made of wool.
  • adj. Having a thick, soft texture, as if made of wool.
  • adj. Of thinking, principles, etc, based on emotion rather than logic.
  • n. A sweater or similar garment made of wool
  • n. Someone not born in Liverpool (especially from the towns of Wigan, St Helen's, Widnes, Warrington and Runcorn).

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. confused and vague; used especially of thinking
  • adj. covered with dense often matted or curly hairs
  • adj. having a fluffy character or appearance

Etymologies

wool +‎ -y. (Wiktionary)
From woolyback. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It's kind of like a caterpillar that has those extended hairs, and it's called the wooly worm.

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  • It's called the wooly adelgid. it's a sap sucking insect that feeds only on hemlock shrubs.

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  • I'm sure that kind of wooly thinking is acceptable wherever you are from.

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  • GATES: Some people have said, in so many words, that I'm kind of wooly-headed in believing that the -- that the Iranians would see not having nuclear weapons as more in their security interest than not.

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  • “But the fact is that most religious people do think that in some way, their god or gods intervene at some level in the universe, and it is precisely that kind of wooly thinking that we should not have to be quiet about.”

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  • That's the kind of wooly-headed liberal thinking that leads to being eaten.

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  • GB said: I ran into that same kind of wooly thinking with regards to the existence of paranormal entities.

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  • I ran into that same kind of wooly thinking with regards to the existence of paranormal entities.

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  • That's the kind of wooly-headed thinking that leads to being eaten

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  • I have, myself, heard you pronounce the word "wholly" to rhyme with "wooly" -- as are the coats of your good East Anglian sheep. "

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